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This week’s installment of Digital Mike is a panoply of interesting trivia and art. Check it out. Read on.

Check out this great site. It’s for young and old, as long as you enjoy history and are interested in the U.S. flag and the Star-Spangled Banner. It’s the Smithsonian’s site and it’s full of fine detail on the flag. There are interactive quizzes and displays.

What’s your user name? Seems we all have a variation of our names or some quirky name with an intriguing back story. We do this because we can never get our first pick of user name at a site. Here’s an option to help you cut your time wasting. I love this bit from the site promoters of Usernamecheck: "What if the next Internet humiliation meme just happens to share the username I've been using for years, and suddenly people are e-mailing me asking ‘hey, is this you ???’" It’s fairly simple. Type in your name and the site uses a stack of Web app urls, the application pings the site using the username you want to check and lets you know its results.



Barack Obama says he won’t be measured by his first 100 days, especially since the challenges he’ll face are monumental. Good call. But if you want to see what other presidents did in their first 100 days, here’s a cool graphic that lays things out. Check it out.

Google meets art. The organizers of this site say it’s the first-ever artistic intervention in Google Street View. It’s sort of interesting. It’s the use of the Street View and real folks, who gathered on Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh to portray the lives in this neighborhood. It’s fun. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

And here’s a little more art. Ann Serrano is an L.A.-based artist who does some amazing things with cardboard and other paper material. It’s pretty cool. It once again reinforces how much the Internet has helped artists spread their work to the world. It’s worth a stop.

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